Singer-songwriter Grant Peeples is on tour in support of a new release and will play a CD-release show at Cafe Eleven in St. Augustine at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. Accompanying Grant will be virtuoso violinist Mark Russell of Cambridge, Massachusetts and St. Augustine singer-songwriter Davis Loose, who will open the show.
“Bad Wife” is a unique concept album and a departure from Peeples’ usual repertoire. Not known for performing other peoples' songs, he did not write a single song on the album, which is made up of songs all written by female songwriters. They include the title track “Bad Wife,” written by Austin singer-songwriter Ali Holder. Other songwriters include Eliza Gilkyson, Carrie Elkin, Phoebe Blume, Dayna Kurtz, Myshkin, Telisha Williams, Caroline Spence and Florida artists Sarah Mac, Rebekah Pulley and Alicia McGovern.
The timing of the release celebrates the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the United States. The record is Grant’s tribute to this milestone in women’s history and his opportunity to express his appreciation and love of their work and influence.
“Each song was originally heard in a live setting, where it entered me, worked me over, and never left, " he said. "I didn’t go looking for these songs; they found me. Bludgeoned me. And my learning them has been an exercise of re-discovery, a search for those original nerves they struck."
The album is produced by iconic Roots/Americana producer-performer Gurf Morlix, who also produced and performed on four of Grant's previous records.
Showtime is 8 p.m. at Cafe Eleven, located at 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets may be bought in advance at www.originalcafe11.com.